Top Shelf Tuesday - July 21

July 19, 2009

Tuesday is here, and you know what that means -- it's time to head out and pick up the latest hot releases. Luckily, we're here to help you separate the wheat from the chaff.

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Gamers can now get their hands on the full collection of episodic DLC bits of Watchmen: The End is Nigh. These episodes serve as a prequel to the championed Alan Moore novel Watchmen and provide players with a bit more backstory to fill in the whole picture. The game follows the adventures of the freelance vigilantes in an alternate history of the United States in the late 1970s, as our heroes set out to stomp some evil out the old fashioned way -- in the streets. The game features both single and multiplayer action with the option to play as either Rorschach or Nite Owl. Put your fist through some jerk's head this Tuesday.

Deceptively framed as a children's game, Little King's Story is a role-playing game for the Wii in which our reluctant hero stumbles across a mysterious crown which affords him special abilities, most notably the power to get anyone to do whatever he damn well pleases. As the newfound King of your 'hood, it's up to you to make sure your town is running smoothly and up to your discerning standards. It's time to get your totalitarian groove on.



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This is it. Michael Jackson: The Collection is an import-only five CD special box set containing five mini LP sleeve editions of MJ’s classic works in a lift-off box. The set contains Off The Wall, Thriller, Bad, Dangerous, and Invincible. Each booklet for the records has album info, tracklistings, credits, and much more. If you’re not overloaded on all things MJ, celebrate his art and life with this amazing compilation.

LP by the new group Discovery is the freshman work of Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend and Wes Miles of Ra Ra Riot. The album contains sounds from the electronic and dance genres as well as some solid R&B joints. Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koening also pops up with some guest vocals on the LP. Reviews of the album have been solid and it’s sure to satisfy indie fans looking for something a little different coming up from the New York scene.



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Whether you’re a lover or a hater of Zack Snyder’s Watchmen, there’s a LOT more to love (or hate) about it on the DVD and Blu-ray. We’re talking some serious, heavy-duty extra features here: the director’s cut of the movie which, in case the theatrical cut wasn’t long enough for you, has 25 additional minutes, director walk-ons, scene analysis, several featurettes, such as The Phenomenon: The Comic That Changed Comics, Real Superheroes, Real Vigilantes, and much more. If it’s a Watchmen overdose you need, it’s a Watchmen overdose you get. Send Snyder a thank you note if you survive it all.

Coraline, directed by Henry Selick, the master behind The Nightmare Before Christmas, is one of those films that’s creepy as hell for kids and fun for adults. It’s also unique because so few animated films use stop-motion animation these days. Now it’s on DVD and Blu-ray and it’s got plenty of extra stuff to check out, like feature commentary with Selick and composer Bruno Coulais, deleted scenes, The Making of Coraline, Voicing the Characters, and others. Get your animation on and pick up a copy of Coraline.

Did we miss anything? What are you looking forward to picking up this week?